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Aurora considers $2,000 bonuses for 911 workers

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By David Heitz / NewsBreak Denver

(Aurora, Colo.) Aurora City Council will decide Monday whether to give Aurora 911/public safety communications staff $2,000 retention bonuses.

The money would come from American Rescue Plan Act funds. The city can spend the money for first responder bonuses.

People who apply with the department also would be eligible for $2,000 signing bonuses if council member Curtis Gardner's proposal is approved. An employee must stay on the payroll for at least 60 days to qualify for the bonus.

Police got bonuses, too

Last December, the City Council gave the same amount to uniformed members of the Police Department. This proposal mirrors those incentives.

"The employees of Aurora 911/public safety communications have worked under conditions due to the Covid-19 pandemic and other associated conditions that have made it challenging for the city to retain and hire qualified and trained employees of this department," according to the resolution.

Employees may earn referral bonuses

Crime in Aurora regularly makes headlines. Several shootings in recent months have put a spotlight on youth crime.

If approved, the city also will pay employees an additional $1,000 out of the general fund if they refer a successful hire.

"The Aurora City Council believes that it is critical to the safety of our community that Aurora 911/public safety communications be fully staffed, fully funded, and fully trained," the resolution states.

"The Aurora City Council believes that the current employees of the city are the best advocates for the city and the city should incentivize current employees to refer new employees to the city."

Employees would get their bonus after new employees receive their first paycheck.

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